Friday, June 6, 2014

a little deeper


Change.  Literally the amazing things that God has done to our lives keeps me digging deeper in to understanding faith and how amazing it is.  The series we are in at The Community is called CHANGE and illustrates what God has done.

Here is a passage of the Bible about the change God has brought in to our lives:

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

Understanding the truth of what God has done for us makes us live life differently.  Applying truth is not an option.  Letting our minds think through our faith and letting it sink in to our hearts is a big deal.

It is a fact that God gave us new life in Christ.  Heaven is our eternal reality.  For many people heaven is some dream of gates made of jewels or streets made of gold.  But I suggest that heaven is far past what we can imagine by ourselves.

By setting our minds, our thinking, on the things of God our lives will be much different.  It will make the difficulties we find here on earth much easier to deal with.  Think a bit more.  By focusing on what God says and does we don’t put great importance on things that don’t matter.  What is important to us drives what we do in life.

Our real self is hidden in God.  Hidden is a great thing.  It is not something that God hides because of shame or of not understanding.  God has hidden our lives in Him because our salvation is protected and certain and secure in Him.  His saving truth for us is more than we can understand because, as human, we rationalize or overthink how it works.  Faith is about trusting that what God says is true and nothing can change it.

He changes us.  There is more to come.  When Jesus returns, we will be with Him.  Step a little further and see that all the glory goes to God and nowhere else. 

Going a little deeper in our faith is a great thing.  By understanding what God has done we grow closer to Him and more committed to living with and for Him. 

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